Outside of Churchianity

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What is the law of the Spirit of life? And how is it different from the law of sin and death? Paul mentions these two opposing laws in his letter to the Romans.

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)

The path to freedom is going to be different for each individual born-again believer, so all I can do is share my story. For me, after spending 15 years wandering in the wilderness of Churchianity, the Lord God Himself set me free to enter the Promised Land of Rest.

He made me free by slowly and gently leading me away from a life focused on “works.” He made me free by stripping me of my belief system that was based on rules and regulations.

Imagine one of those really irritating Christians who is all about, “you have to do this, and you shouldn’t do that!” Yeah. That was me.

But then my husband quit church.

I had spent years waiting for him to repent and obey, so when he gave up altogether, I had to completely let go of my hope of one day having the perfect Christian family.

It seemed so devastating to me at the time — church attendance was the “First Commandment” in my denomination (which was a non-denominational church) — but it was actually one of the best things that ever happened to me.  His quitting church led me to quit church, and it was only then that I could see that I had made church attendance an idol.  And that idol worship kept me separated from God in my mind.

I quit church in 2004, and by 2006 most of the ‘law of sin and death’ had been removed.  By teaching me the truth, the Lord was able to get rid of the falsehoods that were keeping me in the wilderness.  But there was one ‘law’ that I was still holding on to tenaciously!  I still believed that we “have to ask forgiveness for our sins.” . . . Thanks to AM Radio and an excellent grace teacher (Bob George!), in 2007 the Lord was finally able to gently remove that one last requirement.

From that point on, I no longer had a Christian To-Do List. I realized that there was simply nothing left for me to do. I then began to live my life in a totally different way.

How was my Christian life different?  I began living day by day simply trusting Him to lead me and guide me.  The unrealistic expectations that I put on our three kids slipped away, and I began to relax and allow them to be themselves.  I also began to give my husband grace, and stopped trying to change him into a repentant and obedient ‘godly man.’  I stopped believing that I could “serve God” (as if He needed anything from me!  Acts 17:25), and I began resting in the the work He has already done for me.

In essence, I began living by the law of the Spirit of life. And I stopped living by the law of sin and death.

Here in the Promised Land of Rest, outside of Churchianity, I am able to live every day with Jesus — who is Life — worshiping Him in spirit and in truth.

It’s a wonderful life.

February 24, 2016

Hearing the gospel message with faith

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I want to share the wealth that has been given to me.

After I believed in the gospel by the hearing of faith, I was made a child of God.

Over the years of my salvation, God has made Himself known to me.  This is to be expected, because He wants us to know Him.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3)

Do you know Him?

You begin by believing in the gospel.

Do you know the gospel?

The gospel is the good news, or the glad tidings, of Jesus Christ. It’s good news because He came to solve the problem that plagued humanity.

God came to earth as the Messiah to the Israelites; he was called Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He died, was buried and He rose again. That is the gospel in a nutshell.  However, to really understand the good news, you must first grasp a hold of the ‘bad news.’

We are born into this world with a serious problem staring us in the face. We are empty. We are blind. We are lost. We are dead.

We are born into this world “spiritually dead.” You can read about this in Genesis 3, Genesis 5, John 3, John 14, Romans 5, 1 Cor. 15, Colossians, etc. etc.. The Bible is clear: humans are born in the image of Adam, not in the image of God.

But that’s not the way we were originally created. We were created to have His Spirit dwelling within us. The “breath of life,” the nishmat chaim, from Genesis 3, was the actual, living, Spirit of God.  (click on this link to hear an ex-rabbi explain that.)

Adam and Eve lost His Spirit when they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As we have all read:  on that day, they died.

Jesus came to deal with the spiritual death of humanity. He preached and proclaimed that the problem would soon be solved; He prophesied His own death and said that He would bring LIFE (John 5:40, John 6:40, etc.). Jesus revealed that He would solved the problem of spiritual death, and that HIS gospel was a gospel of true LIFE.

He said that it was better for Him to go away, to ascend into Heaven, because then the Helper would come:  His Spirit. We make a big deal about His birth, and that’s cool, but we should make a bigger deal about His death and resurrection. Why?

Because His death, His burial, and most importantly, His resurrection made it possible for humanity to be saved; to be made alive; to receive His resurrected life, His Spirit, that would resurrect US from the dead.

Hearing this message with faith, is what allows a person to be saved.

December 19, 2015